Cork soccer: Joy for Douglas Community School after dramatic extra-time win

Cork soccer: Joy for Douglas Community School after dramatic extra-time win
Douglas Community School captain Seán Dunlea lifting the cup high as players celebrate their victory against St Francis College, Rochestown, in extra time in the FAI Dr. Tony O'Neill Munster Schools Senior Cup final at Moneygourney. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Douglas Community School 2 St Francis College Rochestown 1 (after extra time).

DOUGLAS Community School lifted the FAI Schools Dr Tony O’Neill Senior Munster Cup as they edged out St Francis College Rochestown 2-1 after extra time in the final at Moneygourney.

With the game seemingly destined for penalties, a sensational finish from David Bosnjak proved to be the difference between the two Cork schools and it was enough to earn Douglas the silverware in front of the huge crowd at Douglas Hall's ground.

Celebration for Douglas Community School. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Celebration for Douglas Community School. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Rochestown dominated the first 45 and despite creating the better goal scoring opportunities, they couldn’t take a lead into the half time break.

Adam Cantwell and Adam Walsh both had decent openings but neither of them could beat goalkeeper Andrew Cotter, who was given the nod in goal on short notice.

Douglas’ best chance in that half fell to Brian O’Neill but he poked his shot wide of the target following good work in the build-up by Destiny Skieters and Chris O’Reilly.

They grew stronger during the interval and inspired by the word of their manager Kevin Ronayne, they improved enormously in the second period.

Cork City’s Oran Crowe started to pull the strings in midfield while Chris O’Reilly was also a constant threat with his pace in attack.

The duo combined for what most of those watching this showpiece occasion thought would be the winner and it was O’Reilly who applied the superb finishing touch.

Chris O'Reilly (9) scoring a goal for Douglas Community School. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Chris O'Reilly (9) scoring a goal for Douglas Community School. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Crowe’s corner from the right was expertly weighted and it allowed the number nine to emphatically place his volley into the top left corner of the net.

But their celebrations were soon cut short as Rochestown hit back almost immediately as Daniel Cunningham was fouled inside the box and that allowed Nathan O’Connell to calmly roll his penalty into the bottom left corner.

The sides remained locked at 1-1 at the end of normal time so an additional period was required. Both sides could have claimed a winner after the restart but St Francis’ Michael O’Rourke saw a shot from close range saved before Destiny Skieters was also denied.

And just when it seemed like it would be settled by penalties, up stepped David Bosnjak to brilliantly curl the ball into the top left corner from the edge of the box to earn DCS a memorable cup triumph.

DOUGLAS COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Andrew Cotter, Brandon Idah, Jack Anthony, Sean Dunlea, Eoghan Nash, Brian O’Neill, Timmy O’Reilly, Oran Crowe, Chris O’Reilly, Destiny Skieters, David Bosnjak.

Subs: Josh Fitzpatrick for Brian O’Neill (90), Cathal Heffernan for Brandon Idah (106).

ST FRANCIS ROCHESTOWN: Callum Finnegan, Andrew Egan, Dylan Gregson, Daniel Cunningham, David Sloane, David Fox, Josh Honohan, Michael O’Rourke, Adam Cantwell, Nathan O’Connell, Adam Walsh.

Subs: Paul Harding for Dylan Gregson (64), Sean Cantillon for Andrew Egan (76), Tom Noonan for Adam Walsh (82).

Referee: Keith Callanan.

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